• Brian Chapple
  • Sonata

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commisioned by the Dartington International Summer School

  • piano

Programme Note

Sonata for Piano

The Piano Sonata was commissioned by the Dartington International Summer School and the first performance was given on the 12th August 1986 at Dartington by its dedicatee Julian Jacobson.

Anthony Burton writes in his monograph of the composer "the Piano Sonata has an unusual shape: the opening Adagio prefaces a pair of toccata-like quick movements; the second of these dissolves into a long, slow, ornately inflected melody over a pedal bass, before a coda brings back earlier ideas to round off the work. Here Chappel displays his skill in devising virtuoso figuration in unconventional but effective patterns.